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As expected, Ben was a great speaker and gave a good presentation. He said we were quiet, and someone said its because we've read all the blogs about it before he came. He was running a little late, due to some fiasco in Austin where the city commandeered the meeting room and they had to change the venue at the last minute.

Unfortunately, Dave's post about the presentation did act as sort of a spoiler, and Ben didn't give us any scoops (that I noticed). Anyway, that's why I don't have much to add. =)

One important thing though: so far, they have yet to get an error on CF8 running old CF6/7 code (some public facing parts of adobe.com are running on CF8 now, he said). Of course, this is what you would expect, but I remember the nightmare we had moving from 5 to 6 - it wasn't pretty.

Seeing the presentation live did give some perspective to Dave's notes, and it's worth going even without learning anything new. I also wanted to thank the HouCFUG guys for putting all of that together- you guys did a great job (and it was good to meet you!). Finally, congrats to the winners of the raffle prizes. I guess I'm going to have to break out the wallet when 8 comes out. I think I'd buy it just for the inline arrays and structs.

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Remember that CFMX (6) was a complete rewrite (in Java; CF5 was written in C++). Since then, versions have been evolutions, rather than revolutions, so you would expect 5->6 to be the most problematic upgrade with smoother sailing ever since.

And Scorpio will kick butt, yes? :)

Posted by Sean Corfield on May 02, 2007 at 11:20 AM UTC - 6 hrs

You know, I had never really thought about it that way from the perspective of a complete rewrite (in fact, from the time I had to deal with it until I was writing this post, I don't recall thinking about it at all). That's a good point.

In any case, I'm much more impressed with this version (from what I've seen, which isn't even the whole thing) than I was with going from 6 to 7 (no offense to CF7). =)

One of the reasons for feeling that way is that with all the ajaxification, a lot of my own code becomes obsolete (that's a good thing!).

And I /really/ like the inline arrays and hashes. I seriously recommended purchasing it right away when I heard about that. Here's to hoping it stays in (Ben mentioned that some things may change or be removed until final release -- which you know, but others might not).

Posted by Sam on May 02, 2007 at 01:31 PM UTC - 6 hrs

Was there any mention of increased/ decreased licensing cost?

Posted by Greg Paul on May 30, 2007 at 03:46 PM UTC - 6 hrs

Greg, going off of my sometimes faulty memory, I don't recall any discussion of pricing at the presentation.

Posted by Sam on May 31, 2007 at 07:40 AM UTC - 6 hrs

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